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Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

wall-e-audience-storytelling The quadccopters at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab are truly trained to follow the golden robot rule: fly with others as you’d fly with yourself. Thanks to researchers Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross and Vijay Kumar, we can see how close these little flying robots are to their noble goal. Read More

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John Biggs

October 17th

Gadgets

Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto

IMG_4819 Can true bag pleasure be had for $81? I think so. I’ve fallen in love with Nomadic brand bags over the years and I would like to tell you about the Nomadic WT-18 Wise Walker Toto, a Japanese bag sold by JetPens that is just about amazing. I’ve used many Nomadic bags over the years and this is the second time I’ve featured Nomadic in bag week. This bag I actually received as… Read More

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John Biggs

October 16th

Gadgets

The Zortrax M200 Is The Underdog 3D Printer That Could Make It To The Big Leagues

scaled-4736 We’ve been following Zortrax for years. This small Polish upstart gathered some interesting PR when they first launched and they’ve built a few solid 3D printers after creating a burgeoning 3D printer part business in Central Europe. Now, however, it seems they’re all grown up. Basics Prints in ABS 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.28 ” build area Includes software Wi-Fi compatible… Read More

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John Biggs

October 16th

Gadgets

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

IMG_4792 Like the great zeppelins of old, nobody expected the Galaxy Note to fly. The phones were too big, the embedded stylus too silly. I reminded us all of the bad old days when PIMs were black and white and bulky. But Samsung persevered and Apple followed suit and now we enter the era of the phablet, a time of strange portents and weird UIs. A time where a phone that makes all other phones seem… Read More

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John Biggs

October 15th

Gadgets

Welcome To Bag Week 2014

ckvsu8Ob3LSgCCJ_NzNEX4Hg8C92I7vDkCPqE1Q9330 It has been a tradition at TechCrunch to dedicate an entire week (or, in this case, a truncated week) to bags. Big bags. Small bags. Little bags. Tall bags. All bags, (almost) all the time. With that in mind, we present to you Bag Week 2014, our annual celebration of things that hold things. We understand that you, as a tech professional, love to put your computers into things. Therefore… Read More

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John Biggs

October 14th

Gadgets

The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

10482492_max-2 Wireless music player maker, Sonos, has released the Boost, an add-on to their system that allows Sonos devices to work up to 50% further than the standard Wi-Fi range – 90 feet as compared to about 60 feet for the average Wi-Fi hotspot. The Boost device also improves signal intensity and, more important, creates a dedicated network for Sonos devices, protecting from the vagaries of… Read More

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John Biggs

October 14th

Gadgets

The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail

20141011033102-1ERER Yee-haw! Saddle up and roll ‘em out because the Pi-Top Raspberry Pi laptop is ready to ride! We last met this laptop when it was still a gleam in a group of students’ eye. Now it’s a fully operational crowdfunding project and they’re looking for $80,000 to begin shipping the devices. The kit itself costs $249 with a motherboard or $200 without. You can also simply… Read More

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John Biggs

October 14th

Gadgets

Shave Like The Ancients Did With The Beluga Razor

b6c50a8ab5187f2506f406373e0eddf2_large As you prepare to apply your Barbasol and your hair pomade while whistling a bit of Benny Goodman, what razor to do you reach for? Do you grab a seven-bladed monstrosity, cast in bright orange plastic and chrome and made to last three shaves? No. You reach for a single blade beauty, a razor that can shave four star generals and the common Joe with equal aplomb. You’re going to reach for… Read More

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John Biggs

October 11th

Gadgets

Monsieur, The Drink Robot, Raises $2 Million

monsieur A robotic bartender named Monsieur and his human partners have raised $2 million in seed investment from BIP Capital with Base Ventures, Paul Judge, TechSquare Labs, NFL star Derrick Morgan, and NBA star Glen Davis. The funding will go towards building more Monsieur drink robots for bars, restaurants, and my bedroom. “We are in pilot with several NBA arenas, one of the top hotel brands… Read More

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John Biggs

October 10th

Gadgets

Get Your Gearbox Out Of The Rear With Efneo

SONY DSC We don’t usually put mechanical bike stuff up here, but I suspect many bike lovers will consider Efneo the Yo or Clinkle of bike improvements. It’s a front gearing system that has one gear and three internal switches. The gearing changes just like a regular front derailleur system but it uses a planetary gearing system to handle the changes. Why is this important? First it’s… Read More

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John Biggs

October 10th

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